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9 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Claudia Trotter
15th Aug 2019


Leave your coats at home this weekend because the temperature is rising...Melbourne will reach a top of 17 so that is no excuse not to get out and explore the city. With White Night Reimagined kicking off on Thursday night and the Blobfish beer festival over the weekend, it’s set to be a goodie so grab your skates and roll out the door. Here are 9 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

All Weekend


Melbourne’s much-loved White Night is back but with a twist. Spanning across three nights, White Night Reimagined takes place at three iconic parks around the CBD to transport the public into the spiritual realm. Each night will be jam-packed with large-scale performances, interactive art installations as well as The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to keep your tummy satisfied. This new and improved version of White Night promises a refreshing program, easier accessibility and a broader range of yummy treats—how could you say no?

What: White Night
Where: Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr
When: Thursday 22 & Friday 23 August, 7pm-12am, Saturday 24 August, 7pm-2am
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Rummage around in your wardrobe and dig out that favourite fluro leotard and scrunchie you’ve been waiting for an excuse to wear as Seaworks is putting on a roller-skating extravaganza. Transporting you back to the ’80s, get ready to bust out your best disco moves along with a bar serving up retro cocktails and food trucks to keep you moving. Choose between Friday’s skating sessions or Saturday’s skate and brunch special with unlimited pizza and mimosas. 

What: Roller Disco Brunch
Where: Seaworks, 82 Nelsons Place, Williamstown
When: Friday 23 August, 6-7pm & 9-10pm, Saturday 24 August, 1-2:30pm
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Thursday 22 August


Run down from the wintry chills of August or feeling totally stressed from work deadlines? The Wool Mill has the perfect treat for you: get yourself a ticket to a day of pampering and nourishing with motivational speakers Lola Berry and Erika Cramer. Guests will engage in a yoga and mindfulness workshop and indulge in smoothie bowls and salads as well as receiving a jam-packed goodie bag including an Aurora Spa free treatment voucher, Sofi Spritz and much more.    

What: Sparkle with Oip
Where: The Wool Mill, 161 Donald St, Brunswick East
When: Thursday 22 August, 9:30am-3pm
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Mmm bao...everyone’s favourite Asian delight. I mean seriously, how can so much goodness be packed into something so tiny? Celebrate National Bao Day in the CBD at Goldie Canteen with one free bao per person and the second one for only $4. Why not also grab a bubble tea to go? This is not one to be missed. 

What: Free Bao 
Where: Goldie Asian Canteen and Brews, Ground Level 399 Little Lonsdale St
When: Thursday 22 August, 12pm-2pm
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Ditch your usual boring Thursday night at home and grab your whisky-enthusiast friends because Starward is putting on a show. With a welcome drink upon arrival and canapes to sustain your hunger, guests will receive three whisky tastings and an expert-guided tour in the workshop showcasing exactly how the classy drink we all love is made. What’s more, the entire evening will be accompanied by gypsy jazz quartet South of Samois...talk about fancy. 

What: Starward Masterclass at Windsor Workshop
Where: The Windsor Workshop, Level 1, 115 Chapel St Windsor
When: Thursday 22 August, 7-8:30pm
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Saturday 24 August


Listen up boys: get the gang together this Saturday as the Meat Market puts on two sessions of delicious food, live music and of course, a lot of beer. This iconic festival will host over 16 breweries as well as offering the opportunity to chat to brewers and learn about barrel programs while slurping down some fresh oysters caught that very morning. Just like the blobfish, a strange and rare creature who lives in the depths of the ocean, craft beer is also just as undiscovered...until now. 

What: Blobfish
Where: Meat Market Pavilions, 3 Blackwood St North Melbourne
When: Saturday 24 August, 11:30am-4:30pm
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Picture this: a table of strangers, six-question cards and a three-course meal with plenty of alcohol. The team at Convo have come up with this unique concept of bringing together like-minded people to engage in topics ranging from politics to personal stories. Set in hip and trendy Fitzroy on a table around a fireplace, why not take the plunge and get out of your comfort zone? You may just meet your new best friend or lover. 

What: Convo
Where: 200 Argyle St, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 24 August, 7pm-11pm
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For the Diary


Release your inner hippie next weekend as The Royal Exhibition Building transforms into an oasis of kombi vans, flower-crown workshops and bohemian fashion. The festival welcomes all ages; with prosecco and beers flowing for the oldies and henna and hair braiding for the kids. Shop till you drop and then be treated to a free massage or sound healings session as Wandering Village transports you momentarily to our beloved Byron Bay.

What: Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival
Where: The Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street Carlton
When: Friday 30 August, 6-9pm, Saturday 31 August, 10am-5pm, Sunday 1 September, 10am-4pm
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Cinema Nova is taking you back to 1920s Latin America where history was made with one woman, Frida Khalo, who tells her dramatic life story through a series of self-portraits. This exclusive film documents the intimate life of a woman who balanced her personal and private lives amidst the wildfire of communism in Mexico. A portion of your ticket will also go towards independent filmmakers in helping to educate and build awareness, so get in quick. 

What: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton
When: Thursday 29 August, 6:45-8:15pm
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If you're looking for more stuff to do around Melbourne, hit up our Things To Do section.

Image credit: Geoff Zabell

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